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Score 8.1 out of 100

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

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Likelihood to Recommend

Netwrix Auditor

Netwrix [Auditor] is a great tool for any SysAdmin no matter the company size. Licensing is determined by users, not employee count, and that makes it a great product from a small business to an enterprise application. The time savings coupled with the increased productivity is a key factor is determining this tool over other products.
Sam Livermore, MCP, iTIL | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

SolarWinds SEM is well suited for a medium to large enterprise with continental datacenters or a few datacenters peppered around the globe. SolarWinds is a thorough and complete IT Operations Monitoring, Alerting, and Capacity planning solution with excellent ROI and arguably the fastest tool to get up and running with a great ROI usually within the first year. SolarWinds modules allow for the deployment of a specific IT Domain solution or a complete end-to-end IT Operations center tool for Application, Server, Network, Security, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
7.6
Centralized event and log data collection
Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
8.5
Correlation
Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
7.6
Event and log normalization/management
Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
7.3
Deployment flexibility
Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
8.0
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
8.0
Custom dashboards and workspaces
Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
4.9
Host and network-based intrusion detection
Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
9.0

Pros

Netwrix Auditor

  • Netwrix Auditor performs the audit collection process in a method that does not burden the systems it is auditing. It usually just pulls the log and event logs data from the machine it is auditing and then performs the extraction of the information in these files on the Netwrix Auditor server. This reducing the audit processes to only pulling log data from the server but does not keep the server busy processing the data.
  • Once the log data has been pulled from a server being audited, Netwrix will store the log data in a compressed form in its Long Term Archive. This allows the database to be kept smaller than the all the data being kept in the Log Term Archive and therefore makes creating reports much faster since the database is not as big as it could be.
  • Since Netwrix Auditor uses standard Microsoft SQL Server and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to perform reporting, working with the results of the audit is much easier. Anyone who knows SQL Server and SSRS can work with the data and create their own reports.
  • The predefined reports that come with Netwrix Auditor cover most of the items required to properly report on the status of a system. They have many predefined reports for FedRamp, PCI, HIPPA, and other compliance regulations.
Glenn Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

  • It does a great job of notifying us when accounts have been locked out. We can then find out the device on the network where the login attempt occurred.
  • Searching for incidents is now a lot faster with the implementation of the HTML 5 interface.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Netwrix Auditor

  • There is a bit of a learning curve. The interface is fairly intuitive, but I think there is room for improvement.
  • There is a LOT of functionality which can be quite overwhelming at first, but in and of itself, not a bad thing.
  • I think this software would benefit from a "Simple" mode and "Advanced" mode. This would ease the learning curve a bit.
Matt Rogers | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

  • All SolarWinds product suffer from slow response times in management portals. SolarWinds SEM is no exception. While it is much preferred over a "thick client" there is much room for improvement in speed.
  • If you use the email alert features with SolarWinds make sure to prepare you staff and team for the large amount of emails they could receive. Make sure to reduce the number of alerts so your team does not ignore the alerts.
Adam Morrison | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Netwrix Auditor

Netwrix Auditor 8.0
Based on 1 answer
We have renewed already the licensing of the product minus SQL Server and Oracle Database because the organisation believes the modules are very expensive and have identified a different product for auditing DatabasesOther modules are very important like the User Activity monitor, AD queries that we can not get from the native AD itself or you have to run complicated powershell scripts!Easy to use interfacePre-defined ReportsEasy way to subscribe to important alerts e.g Privilege account group membership changes
Junie Johwa | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) 7.3
Based on 2 answers
It is pretty likely that we will renew SEM when the time comes up. It is easy to use and maintain so there isn't much of a need to replace this product. It is also a pretty fair price for the capabilities provided by the SEM
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Netwrix Auditor

Netwrix Auditor 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The product has user friend pre-defined queries which takes off the stress and horrors of having to query Active Directory with complex Powershell scripts!You can subscribe to certain functions when they are done and you get an alert e.g privileged accounts actions and you don't need to have programming skillsThe product has a desktop version of the software and donot have to login to the server all the time you need to use it.You can see very fast the posture of your environment of the overview screen and deduce what exactly is wrong and what has to be done
Junie Johwa | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) 6.7
Based on 5 answers
If you are familiar with SolarWinds then you can use this product it's as easy as that. If you have never used a SolarWinds product then it will take a minute to get how they do reports and make dashboards but that being said the tool is great and can make things very easy once you get a feel for how it works and get everything setup how you like it.
Tim Short | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Netwrix Auditor

Netwrix Auditor 9.0
Based on 5 answers
Customer support has always been fast and helpful when we run into any issues. The smaller issues are usually resolved within a day or two. It is great support and I feel like I am in good hands anytime an issue comes up. However, we don't run into many issues
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) 7.1
Based on 26 answers
The quality of support can vary depending on whom you end up speaking with. I was fortunate enough to work with a support representative who was very familiar with the product. He had even authored some of the support documentation on the website. On the flip side, I had two other experiences where I was simply directed to online training material.
Brandon Demko | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Netwrix Auditor

Netwrix Auditor 7.0
Based on 3 answers
Make sure you trial the software and understand the fundamentals of each module that you are interested inMake sure you get the buy in from both Management and most importantly your team members (the product users) for a successful implementationWatch the webinars of the product from the product website
Junie Johwa | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Netwrix Auditor

I can only compare it to SolarWinds. Their similar products have larger foot prints and seem a little clumsy in comparison. The Netwrix product turns on a lot of the auditing options that were required for the product to work properly where it seemed I had to do a lot of manual tweeking with the SolarWinds product.
Jon Gabriel Bolland II | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

SEM is much better value proposition due to being priced by node and not by size of the event database. It's also much easier to configure that Splunk and needs much less infrastructure to run. Out of the box SEM beats Splunk on functionality. We looked at many products and compared before choosing SEM.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Netwrix Auditor

  • Positive: Greater confidence from management to the engineering team as pro-active monitoring is taking place.
  • Positive: Engineers have a tool that can look into logs across the fleet of servers/network devices.
  • Negative: Can be quite time consuming to set up/ train to be competent in the software.
Joanna Murphy | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

  • For the price, it produced a decent value. It did a lot of the easy stuff well. I can't give any specific data given the objective of the product was to monitor very basic events in the environment.
  • There are free options that can do a better job.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Netwrix Auditor

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Netwrix Auditor
8.0
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
5.0

Likelihood to Renew

Netwrix Auditor
8.0
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
7.3

Usability

Netwrix Auditor
8.0
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
6.7

Support Rating

Netwrix Auditor
9.0
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
7.1

Implementation Rating

Netwrix Auditor
7.0
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

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